A Special Place is a new weekly series in which we’ll cover all of the special places in hell and who might reside there. Since the series was inspired by the great Madeleine Albright, it only made sense to kick it off with the OG inspiration herself. When Hillary Clinton was campaigning for President, Madeleine Albright […]

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My little boys love early mornings. They love running into our room and waking us up. They love seeing our faces. They love hearing our voices. They love making us laugh. They love jumping on us while we groan about the sunlight and only half seriously ask them to go back to sleep. They especially love […]

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A large part of me always wanted to be a teacher. In college, I mentored writing students and when I transferred to Iowa, I went on to work at a preschool and child care center, staying a year after graduation while I tried to figure out what my next step would be. I applied for […]

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: BLESS THE SINGLE PARENTS. Seth returned home late last night after a 5-day/4-night guys trip and let me tell ya, there is nothing that makes me question my parenting abilities or tests my patience quite like being the sole care provider for my kids […]

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The other evening Seth and I were sitting around talking about a variety of things when I made a comment about how I wanted to start running again. “I could probably start going back down to the trail and running in the mornings…” My voice trailed off as I reconsidered saying what I was about […]

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: I don’t know who said the twos were terrible but I could not disagree more. Matty’s twos were magic. He was hilarious, communicative and an all around joy to be around. Bot’s twos, so far, have been mellow in comparison to his rage-filled, psychotic […]

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My husband is a careful man. He’s cautious and predictable, sturdy and stable. He worries. He double and triple checks. He analyzes the placement of the knives on the countertop and not-so-slyly checks the lock on the oven door when I’m cooking dinner. He makes sound financial choices and he’s conservative with our money, despite […]

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Dear Spring, What the fuck are you doing? Stop being such a tease. Show the fuck up and stick around. It’s not that hard. Don’t, as Bic Runga would sing, come and go like you do. Quit, as the Backstreet Boys would sing, playing games with my heart. MY HEART IS FUCKING TIRED, ok?! My […]

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​Two of my best friends are coming to visit us this weekend and I’m so excited. The last time the three of us were together was last fall. Their visit just so happened to coincide with Seth’s 15-year high school reunion, so we spent our weekend together in a small town in western Iowa where […]

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